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FLATONIA, TEXAS

Fayette County, Central Texas South
Hwy 95 off Interstate 10
27 miles W of Weimar
89 miles E of San Antonio
Equidistant between Houston & San Antonio on I-10
Equidistant between Austin & Victoria on Hwy 95

Population: 1,377 (2000)

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Flatonia switinching tower, Texas old photo
The Flatonia switching tower in use (before relocation)
See Railroad Interlocking Towers of Texas
Photo courtesy of Flatonia Chamber of Commerce
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A railroad town with a spacious median between main streets and the last switching tower left in Texas. The tower was saved from demolition through the efforts of Flatonians Martha and Arnold Tauch. Exceptional museum, rock buildings, and a Theater named The Lyric. Flatonia also has many antique shops and the town namesake's gravesite.

Lyric Theater in Flatonia, Texas








The Lyric Theater
Photo by John Troesser
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The Arnim Museum
Every town needs a museum like this. Local and regional items, many unique pieces. Examine the uniformed manniquins closely. Soldier has dueling scar and WAC has bedroom eyes (she used to model lingerie).

The hours are Mon.-Thurs. 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Fri. 8:30 a.m. to noon. Weekends are by appointment through the Chamber.

Coca Cola sign

The "Real Thing" in Flatonia, Signed by "Eddie and Monk" in December 1966

Photo by John Troesser, November 2003
Flatonia TX - onion awaiting Chilispiel
Onions awaiting Chilispiel
TE Photo

Home to Chilispiel, last full weekend in October.

Town's Newspaper, The Argus, was first printed in 1875, but has joined the ranks of the high-school sports-and-grocery-ad school of journalism.


Flatonia Chronicles

The Day the Elephant died in Flatonia
Told to the Editor by Flatonia Historian George Koudelka

Sometime way back when the 20th Century was spanking new, a circus stopped in Flatonia.

The name has been lost, but they were indeed a circus and had (at least one elephant) to prove it.

For readers fortunate enough to have visited Flatonia, you may remember that the town is bisected by the railroad tracks - with large open spaces separating the two rows of storefronts from the tracks. Some of this is paved now; but it was once lush greenery (except in the Texas summer when it became crisp brownery).

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Nearby destinations
Take a country drive
15 miles east on Hwy 90 to Schulenburg
21 miles north on FM609 to LaGrange
26 miles north on Hwy 95 to Smithville
20 miles south on Hwy 95 to Shiner with a stop at Moulton, then take Hwy 90Alt 18 miles west to Gonzales, or 15 miles east to Hallettesville

Flatonia Chamber of Commerce
208 E. North Main * P.O. Box 610 Flatonia TX 78941
Phone (361) 865-3920
website: http://www.flatoniachamber.com/


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